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Premenopausal scan

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The purpose of a menopause ultrasound is to determine whether or not you are going through menopause by using ultrasound scanning. Our high-quality scanning equipment will determine whether you have follicles left, letting you know if you are still fertile or you are in a menopausal state.

About

An ultrasound scan is a diagnostic tool used for imaging abnormalities in the body including in the gynaecological area. It uses an ultrasound probe called a transducer, which is placed against the woman’s skin and high-frequency ultrasound pulses are beamed into their body. These ultrasound waves are reflected from tissue interfaces which are then picked up by the ultrasound probe and converted into a picture. Unlike X-ray imaging which relies on differences in density, ultrasound depends on reflection from tissue interfaces.


The premenopausal period represents an important, phase of patients' lives. They have not yet closed the book on their reproductive years but have already started to experience hormonal changes. According to the National Institute on Aging, this period can last for seven years or more; during this time, perimenopausal patients commonly consult their physicians for a variety of symptoms like worrisome bleeding, hot flashes and vaginal atrophy. Routine pelvic exams may indicate other problems in asymptomatic women, such as an enlarged uterus or ovaries.


As one of the most common concerns linked with the premenopausal period, abnormal uterine bleeding (AUB) cannot only worry patients, it can affect their quality of life. Though instances of AUB often boil down to benign factors — such as cycle irregularities, HRT or atrophy — other causes such as endometrial hyperplasia and malignancies pose a serious concern.


Premenopausal women commonly report vaginal dryness. But when skin conditions become more concerning — such as frequent vulvar pruritus — it could indicate underlying dermatologic conditions. In those scenarios, ultrasound has clinical utility.

Preparation

You may need to have a full bladder for this scan. This acts as an ultrasound window and allows for better visualisation of the pelvic organs. But don’t worry, you can empty your bladder immediately following the scan.


To check for abnormalities such as polyps, cysts, and fibroids and assess your ovaries or uterus we may perform a transvaginal scan. The procedure is painless and involves the insertion of a small probe (similar in size and shape to a tampon) into your vagina.

Methodology

There are two main techniques of ultrasound used in gynaecology. One of these is a scan where the ultrasound probe is placed over the pelvis using the bladder as a window and the uterus and ovaries are visualised through the bladder. This full bladder technique is useful but suffers from some lack of resolution problems particularly in relation to ovarian analysis.


In order to more approximate the probe to the target organ, internal transvaginal ultrasound scanning was developed. In this, a longitudinal probe is passed into the vagina in the region of the cervix and the probe is moved transversely to show the uterus and ovaries. This technique gives much more accurate information regarding the uterus and ovaries and of the womb.

Indications

  • monitoring the effect of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) on the uterus
  • detection or monitoring of fibroids
  • checking for causes of irregular bleeding
  • detection of endometrial polyps
  • baseline screening for ovarian cancer

Interpretation

The sonographer will be able to tell you the results of the scan at the time of visit. You will also get a detailed ultrasound report to file with your health records.

Disclaimer

The scan results are NOT to be interpreted as results of a "stand-alone" test. The test results have to be interpreted after correlating with suitable clinical findings and additional supplemental tests/information. Your healthcare providers will explain the meaning of your tests results, based on the overall clinical scenario. Certain medications that you may be currently taking may influence the outcome of the test. Hence, it is important to inform your healthcare provider of the complete list of medications (including any herbal supplements) you are currently taking. This will help the healthcare provider interpret your test results more accurately and avoid unnecessary chances of a misdiagnosis.

How it works

  • Book a visit

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  • Meet our medic

    We come to you on the day your visit is booked. Our medic will have all the required equipment to provide medical care to you and your family at your home, work, or a place of your choice.

  • Get the results

    We deliver results electronically via email, or by post to you and your doctor, if requested. Our medics can liaise with your doctor to help you get the care you need.